Nailsworth Festival Main Acts

(Reproduced from the March edition of Nailsworth News, but please note the update in blue relating to the Saturday evening show)

As previously announced, this year’s Nailsworth Festival starts on Saturday 20th May. We can now give a bit more detail on some of the main performances.

The Saturday evening show is Three Acres and a Cow, part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-along, part storytelling session… the show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like the housing crisis, reparations, climate breakdown and food sovereignty.

We are sorry to announce that Three Acres and a Cow is no longer on our programme.

The Festival’s classical concert this year, will be performed by the Piatti Quartet. The Piattis are famed for passionate interpretations across the spectrum of string quartet writing. Their programme will include an arrangement of three preludes on Welsh folk tunes by Vaughan Wiilliams, and quartets by Rachmaninov and Smetana. An evening not to be missed.

A highlight of the week will be the appearance of wildlife presenter, ranger and author, Ajay Tegala. Ajay has worked on and off-screen for the BBC, ranging from Springwatch to CBeebies, and has recently written his first book, The Unique Life of a Ranger.

On Thursday the Accidental Brass Collective will be blowing the roof off at St. George’s Church (hopefully not literally).

The final main performance of the week will feature the Magnificent AKs (the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes). This troupe of singers have performed in the Colston Hall and the Roundhouse and they’ve appeared live on Radio 3’s The Choir.

A full programme of activities will be published in future editions of Nailsworth News and on the Festival website